The Man Who Knew His Worth [Part 2]
Are you ready for some good news?
In Christ, you are a favored child of inestimable worth.
Today’s Text: “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.” (Genesis 37:3, ESV)
I love Joseph. He’s unlike any other Bible character.
Most of the Biblical heroes were surprisingly flawed. Abraham lied about his wife. Jacob stole his brother’s blessing. Moses murdered an Egyptian. David committed adultery and murder. But Joseph was different. The long narrative recorded in Genesis 37-50 never highlights any glaring flaws in Joseph’s character. Some interpreters consider Joseph a braggart, flaunting his multi-colored tunic in the face of his brothers. But I don’t read it that way. Joseph wasn’t sinless but he was astonishingly pure-spirited.
Perhaps Joseph is lifted up in a way that is different than others in scripture because God wants to highlight what can happen in a man’s life when he knows his worth. Perhaps God is showing us what can happen when a person receives an earthly father’s affection and a Heavenly Father’s revelation. Joseph was loved and he knew it.
Joseph’s story differs from other Bible heroes in another dramatic way. So many others escaped fiery trials by miraculous means. Abraham had a miracle child in his old age. Moses held up a staff through which God parted a sea. David defeated the Philistine giant with a single stone. But Joseph, for the most part, just suffered. He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, falsely accused, and wrongly incarcerated. Through it all, no fiery judgment fell upon Joseph’s accusers and no angel arrived to open his prison doors. Instead, Joseph worked hard as a slave and endured his dungeon with grace.
Honestly, it’s harder to relate to Moses with all his mountainous power or David with his unrivaled courage. Let me be clear -- I believer utterly in God’s supernatural power. But God’s glorious movement in our lives is often hidden like leaven that eventually makes the bread rise. God is at work, but it takes eyes of faith to see it. God’s best, most glorious miracles may be imperceptible for years before manifesting. I can relate to that.
Joseph was a man who knew his worth in the Lord. That deep, inward esteem flowed from an undying dream from God. Earthly adversities could not override the power of the dream and the unmerited favor of a father. So Joseph didn’t crack and cave in like so many others. When you know your worth in Christ, it changes everything. And that’s the Gospel!
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